2Cents is an audio vending machine that serves the user a randomly chosen audio clip contributed by other users. Hanna Kang-Brown, Silva Shih, Angie Bond and I produced it as our final project for Clay Shirky’s Designing Conversational Spaces.
Our midterm project for Clay Shirky’s Designing Conversational Spaces class was called the Purple Phone. I worked on it with ITP classmates Amelia Hancock and D. I. Shin, as well as Journalism student Ana Maria Benedetti.
The Purple Phone is actually two purple phones, one on the floor of ITP on Broadway and one on the floor of the NYU Journalism department a few blocks away on Cooper Square. We hoped to address a problem people often discuss at NYU, that people in different departments or schools do not know each other or interact enough. We chose purple because it is NYU’s school color. The phones were plugged into iPads using Skype, with a video call in progress all day long. The idea is that the monitor would serve as a window into the other school. If you saw someone on the other end, talking with them was as easy as picking up the phone.